>Heheheh... That's a good one, Ellen.
>What you're wishin' and hopin' for is something we have all been in
>search of for years. I understand that Silver Platter is about to mount
>a web-based version of AVONLINE (access for a subscription fee, of
>course)--that's a pretty pale substitute for some universal Videos in
>Print database. The real issue, of course, is non-theatrical video (for
>movies, the Facets and Movies Unlimited catalogs and Ingram and B&T
>probably cover the majority of the universe). For non-theatricals, we're
>all at sea.
>A few years back some Video Round Table folks got together with reps from
>Gale, Bowker, Pierian Press and others to discuss the issue of national
>videography. Nothing really came of it. The development of individual
>distributor/producer catalogs really doesn't get at this issue either,
>since you can't search across databases. OCLC is, of course, just about
>the closest thing to a national on-line videography at present--the big
>problem is that imprint info doesn't always (or even mostly) reflect
>Using web search engines to locate specific titles is a real crap shoot
>(although you can get lucky sometimes...e.g. I did a recent search for
>Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy, and lo and behold--up popped the POV website)
>The problem, again, is the relative current dearth of distributor info on
>the web and the general problem of web-morass...
>I have little hope for this problem ever really being sufficiently
>addressed, but I do put a lot of stock in the collective knowledge of the
>folks on this listserv...
>Media Resources Center
>UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
>On Fri, 23 May 1997, Ellen Druda wrote:
>> This may be a naive question, but is there a source on the Internet where
>> you can just plug in a title of a video and the distributor pops up?
>> Half Hollow Hills Library
>> Dix Hills, NY